Effect of in ovo Betaine-Hydrochloride Supplementation on Hatchability, Chick Quality and Organ Development of Broiler Chicks

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  • D. A. Tanimowo University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria
  • O. G. Longe University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria

Keywords:

in ovo, betaine-hydrochloride, broiler chicks, Chick quality, chick development

Abstract

Two trials were carried out to assess the effect of in ovo supplementation of betaine-hydrochloride (BH) on the hatchability, chick quality and organ development of broiler chicks. Trial one was carried out using 160 Marshall broiler chicks at day 18 of incubation. Treatments included: un-injected control, 0.9% saline, 0.9% saline + 5 mgBH, 0.9% saline + 10mg BH and 0.9% saline +15mg BH. Trial 2 was carried out using 266 Marshall broiler chicks at day 18 of incubation. Treatments were un-injected control, 0.9% saline, 0.9% saline + 5mgBH, 0.45% saline + 10 mgBH and 0.23% saline + 15mg BH. Parameters observed were hatchability, chick quality (length) and chick weight. In trial two, in addition, visceral organ development was assessed. In ovo BH influenced chick length and rectal temperatures (p<0.05) in both trials. Organ weights were also significantly (p<0.05) influenced by BH supplementation in ovo, and these effects were sustained 7 days after hatch.

Author Biographies

D. A. Tanimowo, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria

Department of Animal Science

O. G. Longe, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria

Department of Animal Science

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2024-07-09

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Tanimowo, D. A. ., & Longe, O. G. (2024). Effect of in ovo Betaine-Hydrochloride Supplementation on Hatchability, Chick Quality and Organ Development of Broiler Chicks. Nigerian Journal of Animal Production, 226–229. Retrieved from https://njap.org.ng/index.php/njap/article/view/4660

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